Cancer operations cancelled in Nottingham

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Nottingham hospital bosses have cancelled some cancer operations due to "pressure on intensive care units".

The city and neighbouring boroughs had been preparing for Tier 3 restrictions to come into force tomorrow (29th October).

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust medical director Keith Girling said the trust had taken the "extremely difficult decision" to postpone four cancer operations this week.

This comes after the head of the NHS trust saying some non-urgent surgery and appointments would have to be cancelled because of a spike in Covid-19 admissions.

The trust has not implemented a blanket cancellation of cancer operations.

Doctors at the trust say they apologise for any distress the cancellations will have caused and are rearranging new dates, which will be imminent.

ITV News Central spoke to Dr Girling today about the cancellations.

He said: "Some of the cancer work we do is extremely complex, requiring multiple clinical teams to be available at the same time as the patient in order to have a complete operation, as well as an intensive care bed."

"It's not uncommon for us to have to schedule patients according to all of those different demands and sometimes that does lead to some delays in their care."

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What is the situation in Nottingham?

It's been confirmed that areas of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will be moved up into Tier 3 of the Government's coronavirus restrictions.

These measures will come into force at one minute past midnight on Thursday (29th October) in:

  • Nottingham

  • Broxtowe

  • Gedling

  • Rushcliffe

The new measures will be formally announced on Tuesday (October 27) with some details about specific restrictions for these areas. They will expire in 28 days.

The confirmation follows hours of discussions between local leaders, MPs, and government ministers over the last few days.

Doctors are urging residents to follow Government guidance to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Getting the facts:

Restrictions and tiers: